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Flood Risk Centers on Turkey, Bulgaria Into This Week

By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist.
October 29, 2014, 12:28:59 AM EDT

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After slamming areas from the United Kingdom and Ireland into central Europe with damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall earlier this week, a powerful storm storm system containing the remnants of former Hurricane Gonzalo will now target southeast Europe with flooding rainfall.

Rainfall from Tuesday night into Wednesday totaled 50-100 millimeters (2-4 inches) from southern Austria and western Hungary into Slovenia and northern Croatia.

Flooding of homes and streets was reported in Slovenia, especially around the capital of Ljubljana where 137 millimeters (5.39 inches) of rain fell in under six hours.

Wednesday night into Thursday, the heaviest rain fell across southwestern Romania, Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. While rainfall averaged 25-50 millimeters (1-2 inches), some areas received as much as 100 millimeters (4 inches).


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The soaking rain has shifted farther south and east from Greece to western Turkey and Bulgaria where it will continue into Sunday. The rain will then continue to wet northern Turkey early next week.

Rainfall will average 25-75 millimeters (1-3 inches) with localized amounts up to 150 millimeters (6 inches), sparking flooding concerns. The area at greatest risk for the higher amounts and flooding lies from northeastern Greece to northwestern Turkey and neighboring parts of Bulgaria.

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While flooding will be the biggest concern for the lower elevations, accumulating snow will fall at elevations above 1,500 meters (5,000 feet). This will be the first accumulating snowfall of the season for these areas. The same storm system brought heavy snow and blizzard conditions to parts of the Alps from France and Switzerland.

The storm will weaken by early next week with only a bit of rain lingering across parts of Turkey and Greece on Monday and Tuesday

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